You would expect that if your political party got swamped in the recent presidential election, and you were supposed to re-take the United States Senate but didn’t, that you’d probably be rudderless for a while. That seems to be exactly what’s happen to the Democrats right now. They’re floundering and that’s being kind.
The Hill recently did a poll of Democrats and asked them who was the leader of their party. The winner was “No One”, with 40% of the vote. Bobo Obama got 15% and was in second place. Bernie Sanders, who’s not even a Democrat was third with 12%. Elizabeth Warren picked up 11% and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton got 10%. What was amazing was the minority leaders in both the House and the Senate failed to get a single vote in the survey.
And it goes deeper. When asked who they want to be their party’s standard bearer in the 2020 election, once again, it was “None of the above” winning out with 45% of the vote. The rank and file want someone new, someone unheard of, someone fresh. Coming in second with 14% of the vote was again, Bernie Sanders…who’s not even a member of their party. Michelle Obama was third with 11%, Warren had 9% and Clinton 8%. Then came a smattering of liberal celebrities (possibly playing off Trump’s election?) including Oprah Winfrey, Mark Cuban, and a few lesser known folks, like my mailman.
This survey is very telling in the fact that the Democrats are totally lost in the wilderness at this point. Oh, don’t get me wrong, they will find a leader, and they will find someone to rally around. It just won’t be someone you’re currently thinking would be one that would want to run for president in 2020. And in a way, I feel for them. At the moment, the Dems are rudderless, powerless, leaderless, and adrift. They don’t know if they want to tack to the left or to the right, or stay in the middle. And they have no one on the scene that is able to rally the troops and get them excited. That’s the major problem. There is no one out there that is looking good to anyone. It’s obvious by the lack of attention they’re getting that Chuck Schumer, minority leader in the Senate, and Nancy Pelosi, minority leader in the House are part of the antiquated group Democrats would like to see retired. And besides Sanders, who will be 78 come 2020, and Elizabeth Warren, who is popular with the uber-left, but not so much with mainstream Dems, the only name that really comes to mind would be Cory Booker, the senator from New Jersey. But he came in with only 3% in the recent poll, and while he’s young and energetic, is he moving the party at all? Most doubt that.
There WILL be someone to step up in 2020, on that we can be sure. We just don’t know who it is yet. Hell, it might be my mailman after all!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!